I review Ignite by Danielle Rogland.
In the ruins of dystopian London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.
“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew of that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. To get involved with people like them is stupid. So stupid.”
Ever since her parents were murdered by the empire’s agents, Jacks has been living on the street as a pickpocket trying to keep away from trouble. When she accidentally witnesses the rebel group ‘The Flames’ in the middle of an operation she is unwillingly swept up into their world, and has to decide if she’s going to go back to looking after herself or join the rebellion and help them fight for the people of London Ruins.
She knows that getting involved was stupid, but does she really have a choice?
I love dystopian fiction, it’s one of my absolute favourite genres, and Ignite deserves a place among the best. But Rogland also deserves to stand apart, as her writing and imagination are flawless. Rogland is a unique writer, giving us the perspective of several characters, allowing us to get a feel for the world she has created.
Meet Jacks, the new YA heroine that doesn’t disappoint. She’s smart and tough and brilliant, a survivor in a dystopian world that likes to chew people up and spit them out. I liked her tenacity, her courage. An orphan and a pickpocket, left alone after her gang was picked up, she does what she has to do to get by. She soon meets The Flames, the rebel group causing trouble for the government, and is swept up in their rebellious, defiant life.
Rogland is an excellent writer, and Ignite is a triumphant debut. I look forward to reading her next work of fiction.